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MARCH 30, 2003
10:12 PM
CONTACT: Iraq Peace Team
Baghdad: Kathy Kelly or Martin Edwards Room 509, Al Fanar Hotel, (964-1) 718-8007 Or 717-2833
Chicago: Danny Muller or Stephanie Schaudel, (773) 784-8065 Or (917) 217-6809
Baghdad Home Hit by Possible Anti-Personnel Fragmentation Bomb
Three Civilians Wounded
BAGHDAD - March 30 - After 11PM on Tuesday, March 25 what may have been an anti-personnel fragmentation bomb exploded in a Baghdad residential neighborhood adjacent to a secondary school. The blast primarily hit a private home at #74, Street # 3, District 317, in Al Tujjaar, in the Al Shaab area of North Baghdad. The house is next door to the Balquis Secondary School for Girls.

Three family members sleeping on a mattress in a second-floor bedroom were wounded. They were admitted to the Al Numaan Hospital. Muneed Abid Haamid, 25, remains hospitalized with wounds to his stomach, thighs, legs and foot.

Haamid's wife Sahhar, 23, and child Qaiser Muneeb, 6, reportedly were wounded in the legs. The mother and child have now been released from the hospital.

On Thursday, March 27, members of the IRAQ PEACE TEAM, visited the bombed house. IPT observed hundreds of small holes in the walls of the upstairs roof patio. Probing a sample of these holes the IPT team extracted uniform cubed metal pellets with sharp edges. The pellets were three to five millimeters thick.

Dr. Jaques Beres, a French surgeon working with the French NGO, AMI, and staying at the Al Fanar Hotel, examined the pellets. Dr. Beres, who has extensive experience in war zones, confirmed to IPT that the pellets were from a fragmentation bomb.

IPT's Kathy Kelly said, "We urge all those responsible for upholding the UN Charter to investigate this apparent breach of the Geneva Conventions. We urge the US military to discontinue any further use of anti-personnel weapons. Such weapons directly and lethally discriminate against civilians."

The IRAQ PEACE TEAM is a project of Voices in the Wilderness. VITW is an independent grassroots group based in Chicago. Since 1996 it has been working to end the sanctions and war against Iraq.


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